...which slightly degrades sound quality (but I can't tell the difference really). If iTunes is going to go drm free, why can't they take the extra step and offer them as mp3s? As for pricing, we shall see how much albums/songs are going to be with the three tiered pricing. I was a big iTunes/iPod user, but have mainly switched to Amazon. I really like their deals of the day. I have bought more than a few albums for $1.99, $2.99, and $3.99...including U2's latest (which was a big FAIL in my mind, so I'm glad that I only shelled out $3.99 for it). And the Amazon downloader puts them into my iTunes library for me.
I thought this prizefight is more than fair. Actually, I would have thought this was rigged if iTunes won.
In itunes vs. amazon the last 2 categories were rigged! You can, although it is not as seamless, convert your acc files into mp3 to be used in other players. I think this adds a point not to mention a lot of albums are cheaper then $9.99. Did you really take that into account? Sounds like your cheating!